Art and Design: Full and Short Course (4201 and 4211)

Full Course

The candidate's portfolio must include more than one extended collection of work or project selected from work undertaken during the candidate's course of study.

Short Course

The candidate's portfolio must include one extended collection of work or project selected from work undertaken during the candidate's course of study.

Introduction

This is an unendorsed course. Candidates should be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two and/or three-dimensional media, techniques and processes including both traditional and new technologies.
 
They should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates' understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
 
Candidates should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be evidenced in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product.
 
Candidates should explore drawing for different purposes and needs.
 
Candidates may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate. 

Areas of Study

Candidates should produce practical and critical/ contextual work associated with two or more of the endorsements listed.
For Short Course, candidates should work in one or more of the endorsements.

They may also explore and develop ideas by combining or overlapping the areas of study:

  • Applied: a range of two-dimensional or three-dimensional practice specifically vocational in nature, with content reflecting work-related and client-orientated contexts in art, craft and design
  • Fine Art: drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, lens-based and/or light-based media: film, animation, video and photography
  • Graphic Communication: illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, communication graphics, computer graphics, multimedia, web design, lens-based and/or light-based media: film, animation, video and photography
  • Textile Design: fashion and costume, printed and/ or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles
  • Three-Dimensional Design: ceramics, sculpture, installation, jewellery, body adornment, exhibition design, design for theatre, television and film, interior design, product design, environmental art and design, and architectural design
  • Photography: lens-based and light-based media including theme-based photography (portrait, landscape, still-life, reportage), documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation, new media practice, video, television and film.

Candidates are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in art, craft and design that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice. Where direct engagement may not be possible, the expectation is that work should include appropriate and explicit critical study.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study.

Skills and Techniques

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen areas of study within art, craft and design:

  • making appropriate use of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form
  • using different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination
  • showing in their work an understanding of the conventions of representational and abstract/ non-representational imagery and genres
  • investigating different ways of working, as appropriate to their chosen areas of study within art, craft and design
  • providing evidence of an understanding of spatial qualities, composition, rhythm, scale and structure
  • providing evidence of the use of safe working practices.